YOUTH LEGION: Unbeaten Kovacik wins playoff opener
Unbeaten Kovacik Insurance erased an early three-run deficit and scored in every inning after the first to rout host Indiana Lions, 13-4, in Game 1 of the Indiana County Youth Legion baseball semifinal series Wednesday.
Top-seeded Kovacik Insurance (19-0), which agreed to travel to Lions Field for Game 1 due to scheduling conflicts at WyoTech Park, plays host to fourth-seeded Indiana Lions (12-7) in Game 2 of the best-of-three series today.
“They have a good lineup and I told the guys before the game that they couldn’t make many mistakes against them,” Indiana Lions coach Tom Millen said. “We started out pretty good but we let it get away from us. We just made too many errors.”
Rick Shirley singled three times to lead the Giants, and John Fetchko smacked two base hits.
Omar Ward fanned seven, walked none and allowed six hits in five innings to get the win. Shirley struck out two, walked one and served up one hit in two innings of relief.
Trajan Jones and Taylor Hudzicki stroked two singles apiece for Indiana Lions.
Losing pitcher Ian Helsel struck out three and walked five in four innings. Tommy Budash fanned three and walked three in three innings of relief.
I-MEDICAL 7, YOUNG TOWNSHIP 5: I-Medical used a pair of late rallies to outlast Young Township in Game 1 of the semifinals.
I-Medical plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead.
An inning later, I-Medical answered a four-run rally from Young Township and plated three runs in the sixth to make it 7-5.
Joey DiPietro fanned seven in 5 2-3 innings to pick up the win. DiPietro also had two hits.
Devin Fairman paced Young Township with two hits and three RBIs.
Losing pitcher Tyler Hill struck out five in 3 1-3 innings.
Second-seeded I-Medical (15-4) will face third-seeded Young Township (12-6) in Game 2 at Bertolino Field today.